On your case and by your side

IMG_0089Most of the time, you don’t want someone “on your case,” unless of course, it’s Case Manager Roschell Wilkerson.

Then, you’ll be more than glad that she’s by your side, walking you through the sometimes tricky world of Medicare, insurance and doctors.

Roschell started at Topeka Presbyterian Manor in 2007 as a CNA (certified nursing assistant), then quickly became an LPN (licensed practical nurse) in 2008. She served as an LPN in Assisted Living until 2015, when she became an RN (registered nurse) and then became case manager in 2016.

“In 2006, I obtained my CNA, and Presbyterian Manor was the first job I acquired in the health care field. I came to work here in 2007 as a CNA while I attended LPN school. I decided to go on to pursue my RN because there are many avenues opened in health care with this designation,” said Roschell.

“I received a scholarship from PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid America) while in RN school, and I was able to work in Assisted Living and as a PRN in health care while I attended RN school,” adds Roschell.

PMMA prides itself on its yearly education assistance program, which allows staff across our many campuses to pursue higher education in their prospective career fields.

This learning environment is just one of the many reasons Roschell enjoys her position as case manager.

“My favorite part about my job is the residents. I enjoy them. I love to smile and the return smiles from my residents is the best feeling ever. My goal is to provide satisfactory care, especially during illness and that lets me know they are happy or satisfied,” said Roschell. “The hardest part about my job is when we lose a resident. I am not able to be as hands on with them as when I was doing RN work, but I still visit with them daily.”

While not at work, Roschell is still busy helping others. She has four children, ages 17, 13, 10 and eight and also is an active member of TKBNA (Topeka Kansas Black Nurses Association), which offers health screenings and preventative education to underserved individuals.

We’re glad to have Roschell on our team, and on your case!